Classic Creepy Codices and Spine-Tingling Stories
Classic Creepy Codices and Spine-Tingling Stories / compiled by Dr. Henry Armitage, Chief Librarian, Miskatonic University, Arkham, Massachusetts as a Warning to Stay Away from Knowledge of Forbidden Things That You Would Sleep Better If Didn’t Know About!
Dracula / Bram Stoker
By journal entry, letter, diary, newspaper story, and recording follow Dr. Van Helsing's team of fearless vampire hunters from a mysterious shipwreck on the coast of England to a remote castle in the Carpathian Mountains to confront an ageless evil. Will young Jonathan Harker be able to rescue his beloved fiancée, Mina Murray from the wasting fate of her best friend, Lucy?
The Dunwich Horror / H. P. Lovecraft *
When the very unpleasant rustic Wilbur Whateley breaks into the Miskatonic University library in Arkham to steal the dreaded Necronomicon, a grimoire of unspeakable evil, he is torn apart by a guard dog. The librarian and his colleagues discover the body, which “was partly human, beyond a doubt, with very manlike hands and head, and the goatish, chinless face had the stamp of the Whateleys upon it. But the torso and the lower parts of the body were teratologically fabulous, so that only generous clothing could ever have enabled it to walk on earth unchallenged or uneradicated. …Yet all this was only the prologue to the actual Dunwich horror.”
* Dr. Armitage’s especial favorite featuring himself
The Invisible Man: a Grotesque Romance / H. G. Wells
There is something decidedly wrong with the new boarder at the “Coach and Horses” at Iping in West Sussex, and it’s more than his sharp tongue and short temper. He arrived in a February snowstorm. “He was wrapped up from head to foot, and the brim of his soft felt hat hid every inch of his face but the shiny tip of his nose... he wore big blue spectacles with sidelights, and had a bush side-whisker over his coat-collar that completely hid his cheeks and face.” His face also completely covered in bandages and he keeps his gloves and hat on all the time. Soon the villagers begin to suspect that he’s hiding out from the law, and probably up to no good.
As it turns out, their suspicions are quite correct but his crimes and what led up to them are beyond their imaginations.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow / Washington Irving
Ichabod Crane, the tall, narrow shouldered, large eared and footed schoolmaster, whose profile is that of a “scarecrow eloped from a cornfield,” is “an odd mixture of small shrewdness and simple credulity.” Arriving in the rural Hudson Valley from Connecticut, he has his eye on “Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and only child of a substantial Dutch farmer.” However, he has a rival that he’s unaware of, “the broad-shouldered” Brom Van Brunt, a man of “not unpleasant countenance, having a mingled air of fun and arrogance.” At a grand party held at Katrina’s attended by both Brom and Ichabod, the story of the ghostly Galloping Hessian beheaded by a cannonball during the Revolutionary War is told. This “spectre .. it was said, tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the church-yard.” The tale makes Ichabod’s ride home past the church-yard a very nervous one.
The Metamorphosis / Franz Kafka
"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin. He was lying on his back as hard as armor plate, and when he lifted his head a little, he saw his vaulted brown belly, sectioned by arch-shaped ribs, to whose dome the cover, about to slide off completely, could barely cling. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, were waving helplessly before his eyes.”